We are a global nonprofit dedicated to creating economic opportunity by connecting people to the financial tools they need to improve their lives. A world pioneer in microfinance, we were founded in 1961 and issued our first micro loan in 1973. Over time, we’ve helped build 63 microfinance institutions in 31 countries on four continents—Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. These institutions are currently reaching millions of clients. We work in communities where even the smallest dollar amount has a deep and lasting impact. Today Accion serves a total of 5.1 million enterprising clients in 21 countries. By building strong microfinance institutions, pushing the frontier of financial services through innovation and investment, and developing high industry standards that center on the needs of clients, we’re striving to reach the nearly three billion people worldwide who still seek these crucial financial services. We invite you to explore the following pages to learn more about Accion's leadership—men and women at the forefront of the microfinance industry—whose energy and enthusiasm are behind our every effort in the fight against poverty. In addition to our Board of Directors and Management Team, Accion is fortunate to count among its leadership ranks the President's Council, composed of dedicated supporters who lend their financial and professional resources to Accion's mission.